An example of diminutive is the size of Santa's elves.
- much smaller than ordinary or average; very small; tiny
- Gram. expressing smallness or diminution: a diminutive suffix or name
Origin of diminutiveMiddle English and Old French diminutif from Late Latin diminutivus from past participle of Classical Latin deminuere, diminish
- a very small person or thing
- a word or name formed from another by the addition of a suffix expressing smallness in size or, sometimes, endearment or condescension, as ringlet (ring + -let), Jackie (Jack + -ie), lambkin (lamb + -kin)
- such a suffix
- Extremely or extraordinarily small. See Synonyms at small.
- Grammar Of or being a suffix that indicates smallness or, by semantic extension, qualities such as youth, familiarity, affection, or contempt, as -let in booklet, -kin in lambkin, or -et in nymphet.
- Grammar A diminutive suffix, word, or name.
- A very small person or thing.
Origin of diminutiveMiddle English diminutif from Old French from Latin dīminūtīvus from dīminūtus past participle of dīminuere ; see diminish .
(comparative more diminutive, superlative most diminutive)
From Middle French diminutif (1398), from Latin diminutivum, from deminuere (“diminish”).